Neurofeedback

I have been using neurofeedback as a tool for a number of years, and it has become one of my favorites of recent times, because of the variety of conditions that it can be used to treat successfully. Neurofeedback is based on a quantitative electroencephalograph or EEG.  A quantitative EEG is a way to visually measure brain waves.  There are many brain waves, though four are considered primary; Alpha, Beta, Delta and Theta. These brain waves are signals that start in the primary cortex of the brain and are responsible for controlling different activities in the brain itself.

First, I shall give you a brief explanation of what each of the four primary brain waves is responsible for overseeing. Delta is very dominant during unconsciousness or sleep. Theta is active a little bit more during that rising, awakening state, where your brain is not fully activated. Alpha waves are present during a relaxed state of awareness, while Beta waves are more intense as far as thought processes. These different brain waves are a phenomenon we can actually measure in real time, through 19 sites on your skull. Each one of these 19 sites are related to what we call Brodmann areas in the brain. Brodmann areas are little maps and file cabinets of information.

When someone has aberrancies in brain wave function such as seizures or things of that nature, neurofeedback can be used to actually reestablish normal signals in the brain itself. It is important to note if there is a seizure disorder present, this must be assessed from a medical perspective, in particular looking at medications.

When we implement neurofeedback when assessing a patient, we first map out the brain and look at the primary frequencies (Alpha, Beta, Delta, Theta) to look for aberrancies. If we find a pathology, such as a seizure, we always make sure we explore that at great depths from a medical perspective. Once we have the results of the brain map, we then develop a specific treatment plan to address any discovered neuro irregularities.

This tool is not necessarily diagnostic as far as pathology is concerned, but it gives us great insights as a functional tool.  Once we have examined pathology reports, including MRIs and CAT scans, the quantitative EEG gives us a much deeper understanding of the patient’s brain and what is actually occurring.

Do you suffer with things like ADD, ADHD, some kind of hyperactivity, migraines, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety syndromes? Neurofeedback is an incredibly dynamic tool that I use in my office. As a board certified functional neurologist, neurofeedback helps me to identify where the problem is, and more importantly, it is also used as a tool to retrain these aberrancies in brain function.

 

I invite you once again to reach out to us at Capital District Vitality Center and learn more about how we can improve your brain’s functionality.

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